Ata Pata Laapata: A Musical Satire on Indian Bureaucracy
Ata Pata Laapata is a 2012 Hindi-language film directed by Rajpal Yadav, who also plays the lead role of Manav Chaturvedi, a lawyer who finds his bungalow missing from the constructed site. The film is a musical satire on the loopholes of governance, bureaucracy and the attitude of people in power in India.
The film features an ensemble cast of about 175 actors, including veterans like Om Puri, Ashutosh Rana, Manoj Joshi, Govind Namdev, Dara Singh and Satyadev Dubey. The film also marks the directorial debut of Yadav, who also contributed in the screenplay, dialogue and music of the film. The film was produced by Yadav's wife Radha Yadav under their banner Shree Naurang Godavari Entertainment Ltd.
The plot of the film revolves around Chaturvedi's quest to find his missing house and prove his innocence. He files a police complaint of robbery where the entire house has gone missing. However, he is suspected of demolishing his own house in order to claim the insurance money. The case comes to the media's attention and soon becomes a topic of everyone's interests. Due to media pressure, authorities are forced to acknowledge the robbery. The film showcases the absurdity and corruption of the system through various characters and situations.
The film was released on 2 November 2012 and received mixed reviews from critics and audiences. The film was praised for its concept, music and performances, but criticized for its script, direction and editing. The film was also a commercial failure and failed to recover its budget. The film has a cult following among some fans of Yadav and satire films.
The film also tries to be a musical, with several songs composed by Yadav himself, along with Sujeet Chaubey, Amod Bhatt and Sukhwinder Singh. The songs are mostly situational and satirical, but they do not add much to the narrative. The lyrics by Sameer are witty and catchy at times, but they also tend to get repetitive and monotonous. The choreography and costumes are also average and do not create much impact.
The film has a huge star cast of about 175 actors, many of whom are well-known faces in the industry. Yadav manages to extract good performances from most of them, especially Ashutosh Rana, who plays the nervous and funny police inspector with aplomb. Yadav himself is convincing as the hapless lawyer who becomes a victim of the system. He also shows his versatility by playing different roles as the narrator and a dancer. Other actors like Om Puri, Manoj Joshi, Govind Namdev, Vijay Raaz and Mukesh Tiwari also do justice to their roles. The film also features veteran actors like Dara Singh and Satyadev Dubey in their last appearances on screen.
The film suffers from poor direction and editing, which make it look like a disjointed and chaotic affair. The film lacks coherence and continuity, and jumps from one scene to another without any logic or connection. The film also has several subplots and characters that do not contribute much to the main story. The film could have been shorter and crisper, had it focused more on the central theme of the missing house. The film also has some technical glitches, like out-of-sync dialogues and poor sound quality. ec8f644aee